No Twitter ban for USF players, Holtz says

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With news of other college football programs banning their players from using Twitter.com, USF football coach Skip Holtz said Wednesday night that he has no problem with Twitter so long as players use it responsibly.

"They're all monitored," Holtz said. "Do we have (a policy)? I don't have 'You can't be on it.' I'm not there right now. It'll be an abuse-leads-to-restriction, and I think that's what you're seeing everybody go to. You try to put rules in place in which you say 'This is how we want to turn and handle these things.' Then when guys get on it and they abuse the system, as soon as that happens, you have to have regulations. If it gets out of hand, we'll make a ruling."

USF coach Jim Leavitt was active on Twitter last year, but when receiver Carlton Mitchell posted a tweet just minutes before kickoff of a home game, Leavitt said he would stop using the site. Mitchell has since returned to Twitter at @clmitch18, and about a dozen current USF players now have accounts.

Holtz is an active Tweeter at @coachholtz, with more than 170 posts since he took the USF job in January, and as always, you can follow this blog on Twitter at @gregauman.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 12, 2010 5:03pm]

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